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Molly's Game

Molly’s Game is a film based on the life of Molly Bloom as it evolves from competitive skier to runner of underground poker games. Now how does your life go from point A to point B just like that? Well, you may want to watch this one to figure that out, because this is a true story with a wild storyline that we cannot ignore. Molly’s Game is a memoir on how her life came to be what it is famously known for today. The film grabbed wide popularity and even became an Academy Award-nominated film for Best Adapted Screenplay. This is Molly’s Game.

Why did we put Molly's Game on The Shelf?

Imagine training your whole life and dedicating everything you have to your sport, only to injure yourself? Your entire career than in shambles and all your hard work and dedication out the window? That would cause incredible devastation for most athletes. But for Molly, it was the beginning of her training for a whole new game. But before we get into that, Molly was a competitive skier who suffered an injury while trying to qualify for the Olympics. One of her more popular achievements she was known for in her skiing days was when she competed in the Nor-Am cup for women’s moguls’ skiers and ranked third amongst her competitors. But once she suffered her injury, she redirected her competitive nature in a completely different direction. Athletes who don’t give up easily are a motivation for us to keep this film on our shelf. NOT that we advocate for illegal gambling. We will get into that part next.

Molly's Game belongs on The Shelf because...

After suffering her injury and moving to Los Angeles, Molly worked a few small jobs before discovering her passion for participating in another kind of sport. She began hosting poker games. But, not just any kind of poker game. After the recession in 2008, she began organizing games with the richer part of New York society. When hosting high-stake poker tournaments with A-list celebrities, you have to pay taxes. Molly failing to do so resulted in the government stepping in and looking deeper into the work she did. She ended up being charged with money laundering and illegal sports gambling operation. She ended up pleading guilty and received only a year of probation, $1000 fine and 200 hours of community service. But if you think that is a harsh punishment, she was originally facing 10 years in prison. Poker can be a dangerous game if you’re not careful. Stay safe, and double-check the poker laws in your country so you don’t end up like Molly.

Although the life of Ms. Bloom may have been a slippery slope, you cannot miss her name in the competitive world of poker. Famous for her contributions to the community, she wrote a memoir that was published in 2014 called Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World. The book received so much attention that it was later adapted into the film we are speaking about today: Molly’s Game. If you are a frequent reader of our work, then you are well aware of how much we love a film based on a true story. This memoir gets the stamp of approval to be on our shelf.

Melissa's Final Thoughts

A film like this can be a little stress-inducing but very insightful in the world of poker. An evolving sport with a huge following, we think it can be pretty insightful to put this one on your list. Molly is relatable because we can all understand the urge to find a new passion when our original plan comes crashing down. For that reason and many more, Molly’s Game gets a spot on our shelf.

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